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Differential Diagnosis of the Upper Quarter

presented by Eric Robertson

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Differential diagnosis of the upper quarter covers medical screening and principles of primary care for physical therapists in the musculoskeletal setting. Reliable identification of conditions outside the scope of physical therapy practice is an explicit skill of the clinical specialist. This course will review common conditions encountered by physical therapists in the orthopedic realm.

Meet Your Instructor

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and…

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1. Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis

Differential diagnosis can be a broad term, so it helps to define it specifically. This chapter will introduce you to this concept, including how we think to solve diagnostic problems, and what tools we use to make an effective diagnostic process occur.

2. Common Conditions: Part 1

This chapter will review the very important topic of risk stratification for the upper cervical spine, including cervical arterial insufficiency and upper cervical ligamentous instability.

3. Common Conditions: Part 2

The discussion continues as we explore addition key conditions of the cervical spine and upper quarter.

4. Practical Application

This chapter challenges clinicians to apply their differential diagnostic skills to two case examples.

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